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Hi I'm Richard

I grew up in the northwest, didn't practice any faith and joined the LDS Church 31 years ago in my early 20's. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love most things outdoors except humidity. I enjoy camping, hiking and rafting; would like to fish and golf more and better and I love to travel - have lived in more places than years married. I have been married over 30 years and have 4 grown children and 5 grandchildren. My family is my focus and I love to watch them learn and grow. I am a specialty agricultural appraiser for a large ag lender in the midwest. I have worked with teenage youth and in the scouting program throughout most of my Church life. We have hiked throughout the Olympic National Park, part of Mt. Rainier's Wonderland trail and, other areas in the Northwest. My wife has taught a Church Seminary class for 17 years. Together we have had hundreds of teenage youth in our homes and as a part of our life; we love the youth. They are the future leaders of our communities and we are happy to play a small part in their growth - hopefully for the greater good.

Why I am a Mormon

For me, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is both an anchor and a rudder - it holds me firmly in place and helps to keep me steering in the right direction. Before I joined the church, I was reckless and lacked focus and didnt have a clue or plan - I was drifting wherever the winds of life took me. Even in this state - and, I had been this way since early teenagehood, I remember saying slient prayers to God looking for help in my wayward life. I received my answer in the summer of 1980 while working in Mesa, AZ. I met this beautiful girl who reluctantly agreed to go on a date with me. During this process, she introduced me to the Gospel. I knew from her testimony and the way she lived that this was important to her. I wanted to know more and, that was arranged. When I was taught the Gospel, it connected with me on a logical base first then, on a Spiritual level that has since increased. At the time of my conversion, I liked to drink and was a smoker. Through Prayer and what little faith I had at the time, I was able to quickly stop both of these habits. Since those days, I have seen how the Gospel has helped me to change and become more like who Heavenly Father wants me to be. I am far from perfect and have a long way to go. Even with my imperfections and mistakes, I know that I am loved and can be forgiven. I am continually striving to be a better person, husband and father. This Gospel and Church is Heavenly Fathers true and living Church here upon this earth. For me, it is simple - I believe, I know that this Gospel in all of its fullness has been restored here to the earth and that we have a living Prophet to guide us. That is a very comforting thing to have and know. It brings me peace and gives me strength.

How I live my faith

I have served in many capacities as a member of the Church including teaching 11-12 year olds, Young Men program 12-18 years old age, I have served as the Elders Quorum President, as a Bishopric member and currently as the High Priest Group Leader. But above that and most importantly I work every day at being a Worthy to Attend the Temple with my wife and leading my family in scripture study and Family prayer. As the saying goes "those who pray together stay together" and that has been and will always be the goal for our family. We are taught to have Family Home evening on Monday nights and we may not do it to the letter of the law but we are always doing something as a family on this night. I believe it is the foundation of our society and faith to have a strong family based on traditions of the scripture stroies and that they were written for us and need to be studied and discussed and applied to our daily lives. Also at work I strive to be an example of a "christian" - one who is a disciple of Christ and through my actions allow for and strive to radiate gospel principles of integrity and good "do unto others" conduct. When I meet with my extended family who still are not members and choose to not really have too much to do with my fatith I make the effort to work things I believe that are true into converstion and actions. For as my Mother in Law always taught me "Actions speak louder than words".

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Richard
While there is no "requirement" to serve a mission I have seen the fruits of that labor. I am a convert and joined the church in my early 20's. i did not serve a mission but, I have a son who did and another "adopted son" who just finished one and, have good friends who have had sons and daughters complete missions. In all of those opportunities of service, I have seen humility and spirituality increase, confidence and maturity grow and an increase of strength in the Gospel. The men and women I know who have served and those I work with and see serving now are greatly blessing the lives of those they serve and have served with. They also grow in their own lives. What a blessing it is to have an opportunity to give 18 months to two years of your life in sevice to others. My wife and i have the goal as well to serve missions for the Church when we retire. It is a focus of our life now - to be prepared for that call when the time is right and we are fully prepared. Show more Show less